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Next episode - software for a new pc - Got questions?

by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / August 14, 2007 9:00 AM PDT

This is one of those topics where we could use questions and recommendations.

What kinds of software do you want recommendations for, and then what kinds of software do you find essential?


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Say no to bloatware!
by robstak / August 15, 2007 2:29 AM PDT

Even more important than what to get for a pc is how to avoid getting all that extra crap!

To address the question, however, I think a lot of what I'd use has been covered in previous RD epi's.

So aside from the firefoxes, openoffices, and anti-viri, when I set up a new computer for luddite friends I try not to forget:
1. IM Client- GAIM or Trillian
2. Adobe Acrobat
3. Flash/Shockwave
4. iTunes- I make everyone listen to BOL. Also, upgrade WMP
5. Google Picasa- or some other photosharing software
6. RSS Reader- I dunno, Thunderbird...
Also, don't forget to:
7. Change default search to Google

There's better ways to do some of the above things (ie google reader for RSS or flickr for photos), but in my experience, n00bs like icons way better than web favorites with logins.

-Dr. Karl

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by gillwray / August 16, 2007 2:48 AM PDT

Should you install MS Outlook or other email software?

I haven't been doing this lately on my PC's. Instead, I've trained my family to use web-based email (like hotmail or Gmail). I think that they are less of a threat to viruses??

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List of software for a new PC
by plow4357 / August 16, 2007 9:35 AM PDT

When you get a new PC, you should install these:

VLC Media Player

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by just_kelly / August 17, 2007 11:09 AM PDT

What is the highest quality, least annoying, FREE anti-spyware, anti-virus, etc that you can download online?

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get rid of that crap!
by Civisi / August 17, 2007 3:44 PM PDT


A utility that is very useful for OEM computers is PCDecrapifier. It's available at, and it removes many known programs that vendors install.


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fixing link
by Civisi / August 17, 2007 3:45 PM PDT
In reply to: get rid of that crap!
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forgetting the drivers needed!!!!
by trolyy / August 19, 2007 9:05 AM PDT

Okay people seem to be forgetting the basic software needed to run your printer, scanners, drives (flash drives, external HDD, don?t forget the trusty ZIP drive), mp3 players, head sets, modem/routers, webcams. The hardware which you will be plugging into your computer, so you can get the internet to download software. Gawd! Remember the basic hardware and the software needed for that!


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Use Portable Software and some stress test tools
by deecaywonder / August 19, 2007 10:33 AM PDT

Nice to see that a lot of software suggested here have portable version. When I buy a new machine (in fact, I have a Quad Core DELL coming to my home next week, yeah!), I try not to install stuff in it for a week as I want to make sure that every hardware parts work OK first. There is always a possibility that you may need to return the bad boy you just brought. Running portable software via external harddisk saves you time of reinstallation should you need to return and get a new machine.

It fact, I will be highly appreciate if someone can suggest a list of stress test tools to use for making sure everything in the new machine works great. If no one has a list, then I'll probably Google some and come up one since I need to prepare them for my new machine anyway.


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a hammer. maybe put it in a microwave.
by trolyy / August 19, 2007 10:27 PM PDT

yeah that would test it but if you still want to use it afterwards i would not.

There is this free for a month temperature software which monitors temperatures, voltage through the system and fan speeds.

(some people don't get some read outs, because of compatibility but give it a try.)


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Some Free Security software
by plow4357 / August 20, 2007 11:36 AM PDT


There is some free anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall software, and they are free, never have to renew your subscription, or update fees ever.

Here are some of them:
Spyware Terminator
AVG Anti-Virus 7.5 Free (there's also AVG Anti-Spyware Free)
Comodo Personal Firewall


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I suppose Windows only?
by udayan71 / August 20, 2007 11:52 AM PDT

I say Google Pack is a nice way to start, along with ZoneAlarm's firewall, CCleaner (for unnecessary registry entries etc), and maybe AVG for anti-virus. F-Secure is supposed to be the best ever, but I don't use it. Never ever use Real Player! That includes ignoring its inclusion in Google Pack

Mac.. erm. Firefox is good, VLC for video, Skype.. I use some other stuff for graphics but that's not essential. Maybe Quicksilver too, but its not used to its fullest (if that can ever be reached) until about a month or more of use.

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